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Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival Announces More US Dates

Last month, Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival made it’s triumphant return to the US with a show in Portland, Oregon. Well, they must’ve heard the public outcry for more because the  added some additional stops for you whiners! The two latest stops on the 2nd Annual Festival are in Pittsburgh with Leftover Crack,  Anti-Flag, The Vandals and The Bombpops and Denver at the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater with Teenage Bottlerocket, The Bouncing Souls and Bad Cop/Bad Cop! The website also lists two more mysterious TBA dates/stops so be sure to keep an eye out for more details on those! For more information on the existing shows or to purchase tickets, head over to the Festival website. See you in the pit!



Alexander Herbert Announces Dates For “What About Tomorrow? An Oral History of Russian Punk From The Soviet Era To Pussy Riot” Book Tour

For many people in the West, knowledge of the punk rock scene in Russia and the former Soviet Union starts and ends with Pussy Riot and maybe Svetlanas and probably Gogol Bordello who are technically from New York. As you should expect, however, a part of the world that has long been ruled by authoritarian regimes of all makes and models has, in fact, been a breeding ground for a turbulent, defiant subculture and spawned several generations of punk rock bands in myriad different, sometimes unconnected, scenes.

Massachusetts native Alexander Herbert spent several years off an on chronicling the Russian punk rock world, and has penned a compelling dissertation as a result. It’s called What About Tomorrow? An Oral History of Russian Punk From The Soviet Era To Pussy Riot, and it’s due out in September through Microcosm Publishing.

You can pre-order the book here – I highly recommend it – and you can head below to find out where Herbert will be speaking and promoting the book near you. His book tour kicks off September 26th in Buffalo, and dates are scheduled through February in Atlanta, with a West Coast swing to follow.



DS Photo Gallery: Roadblock Festival w/Bad Religion, The Menzingers, The Old Firm Casuals and more!

The last weekend in July marked the maiden voyage of a new New England-based punk rock experience. It’s called the Roadblock Festival, and it took place outside at Bold Point Park in East Providence, which serves as Rhode Island’s largest outdoor concert venue and comes complete with views of the Narragansett Bay and the sunset over the state capital. It’s not the best run venue, but my personal feelings about staff communication deficiencies aside, it’s a pretty picturesque place to take in a punk rock show when the weather cooperates. This particular show featured a diverse lineup, food trucks, wrestling, and a late-arriving crowd that allowed show-goers the opportunity to spread out and seek a little shade from the midsummer sun.

For traffic and parking-related reasons, we arrived shortly after our beloved Rebuilder took the stage. They band were playing with a bit of a retooled lineup; with co-frontman Craig Stanton out of town, Sal Ellington and bassist Daniel Carswell were joined by regular drummer Brandon Phillips on guitar and vocals and by Choke Up’s Harley Cox filling in on drums. It was a high-energy, well-received set that was certainly worthy of taking place later in the afternoon. They were followed out of the chute by a back-to-back pair of legendary acts: Cro-Mags and HR from Bad Brains. Technically speaking, the former was “Cro-Mags JM,” the John Joseph/AJ Novello version of the influential NYHC band. HR performed a half-hour set of punk-infused reggae songs with a band that was heavy and airtight in spite of a relative few shows under their collective belts.

Next up came Portland, Maine’s Roseview, a five piece post hardcore band who are, admittedly, not my speed. A band that are my speed, The Old Firm Casuals, came next. Making their first and only New England appearance as a four-piece – lead guitarist Gabe Gavriloff joined in the four-ish years since OFC were last here, the quartet overcame a handful of bizarre, REd Hot Chili Peppers-infused technical difficulties to buzzsaw a way through forty minute set of rock solid street punk rock-and roll. In one of the more interesting musical segues of the day, they were followed by Charly Bliss, the four-piece New York-based band who were wrapping up two successful months of world touring in support of their latest synth-pop-infused release, Young Enough.

The Menzingers played the event’s penultimate set as the sunlit portion of the day’s festivities came to an end. By that point, the bulk of the late-arriving crowd had finally descended upon Bold Point Park, and Philadelphia’s beloved sons were met with a barrage of crowd-surfers and thrown beer cans from the opening tones of their hour-long set. Bad Religion closed out the night in flawless fashion. I’m frequently left in awe that a band that’s been around literally as long as a band as I have as a person (editor’s note: I turn 40 next month) can sound just as vital and important and energetic as ever. This is punk rock, not the Beach Boys or a Grateful Dead cover band (both of whom would occupy this stage in the next week), yet on their recently-released Age Of Unreason full length, and more importantly in their live show, Bad Religion keep showing the rest of us how it’s done.

Head below to check out our full photo gallery.



Misfortune Cookie (Pop Punk, UK) Announce Debut Album “Heavy Seas” Stream Track “All Dogs Are Nina”

Fresh UK-based pop punk ensemble Misfortune Cookie have just announced that they will release their debut album on September 27. It is titled Heavy Seas and helping the band with the release will be Everything Sucks Music. 

If you can’t wait until the end of next month, you’ll be happy to hear that Misfortune Cookie have put a track out early. It’s called “All Dogs Are Nina” and you can check it out below.



Death By Fungi (Hardcore, India) Stream Latest EP, “Die In Bombay”

Bombay-based hardcore unit Death By Fungi have a new EP out. It’s called Die In Bombay and features four ruthless tracks – two completely new and two re-recordings of tunes featured on the band’s 2015 self-titled debut.

Band’s guitarist and founding member Vrishank Menon had the following the say about Die In Bombay:

“This EP is our first step forward in finding a sound that’s ours. Frantic, heavy, melodic, whatever we like in music. We’ve written about the violence of growing up in Bombay, where lives are seen as expendable for capital gain. We also remixed and remastered two songs from our first EP because we love those songs and it felt like they don’t get enough love.”

Die In Bombay is currently streaming in full over at PureGrainAudio. Head over and check it out. If you like it, buy it. They’ve also got some beautiful new shirts to accompany the release too. They’ve got a majestic owl on them.

In addition to the new EP, the band will be playing a few shows in their home country this month. You can check out details of them below.



Funeral For A Friend announce benefit shows in London and Cardiff

Funeral For A Friend have announced two shows to raise funds for friend and fan of the band Stuart Brothers.

The shows will focus on the band’s earlier material, reuniting members of the band present in their earlier years.

The shows dates are October 28th and 29th at Cardiff Globe and London Shepherd’s Bush Empire respestively.

A full statement from the band can be seen below.

The shows go on general sale this Friday.



Microwave (Emo-punk) release video for “Death Is A Warm Blanket”

Atlanta-based emo-punks Microwave have released a video for the title track off their upcoming album Death Is A Warm Blanket. The video features some twitching, I’m going to say roadkill? Those sketchy rainbow bars the TV would air at the end of the broadcast day, and some shots of the band.

Check it out below.

Microwave’s new album Death Is A Warm Blanket is due out September 13th on Pure Noise Records. They have announced a run of shows, which you will find below the video.



The Planet Smashers release video for “Break My Neck (A Love Song)”

Canadian ska veterans The Planet Smashers have released a video for their song “Break My Neck (A Love Song)”. The song comes off the band’s most recent release Too Much Information. The video features a bowling tournament with label-mates Morgan, The Gutter Demons and Lost Love. I won’t spoil the video so you’ll have to watch to find out who’s the “legend of the lanes”. They also have a small run of shows later this summer/fall.

Check out the tournament below.

As mentioned above The Planet Smashers most recent release Too Much Information came out earlier this summer on their longtime home Stomp Records



Vicious Mistress Records streaming latest compilation “Skunx! When Punk and Ska Collide Vol. 3”

Vicious Mistress Records is streaming their latest compilation album Skunx! When Punk and Ska Collide Vol. 3″. Featuring fifteen ska tracks from largely unknown ska band’s, how can you not be excited? There are more than a few gems on this compilation.

Check out the album below.

Vicious Mistress Records is based out of Connecticut and in my humble opinion one of the best labels when it comes to compilation albums, introducing the masses to new music constantly. So give the new compilation a listen.



Death Before Dishonor (Hardcore) streaming new album “Unfinished Business”

Boston hardcore veteran act Death Before Dishonor are streaming their new album Unfinished Business. Released through Bridge Nine Records, the album features eight new tracks, and carries a great old-school hardcore feel/sound.

Check out the new album below.

This is the first new album from Death Before Dishonor since their 2010 release Better Ways To Die. If you’re a fan of Suicidal Tendencies or Madball, these guys are for you.



Much The Same streaming new album “Everything Is Fine”

Chicago skate-punk stalwarts Much The Same are streaming their highly anticipated new album Everything Is Fine. Released July 26th through this Dying Scenesters favorite Canadian record label Thousand Islands Records. The highly anticipated album does not disappoint as Much The Same delivers the crisp, high-tempo music we’ve come to love.

Check out the new album below.

This is the first new music from Much The Same since 2006’s Survive. If you’re into skate-punk do yourself a favor and check this gem out.



No Big Deal (Canadian Punk) release video for “Once Wild”

Streetsville punks No Big Deal have released a video for their song “Once Wild”. The video features some rad montages of the band skateboarding, horsing around, and generally just engaging in some old-fashioned shenanigans.

You can check out the new video below.

“Once Wild” comes from the band’s latest EP Smiling Politely. If you’re a fan of No Use For A Name or more recently Pkew Pkew Pkew, these guys remind me of both.



500 Miles To Memphis release amazing video for “Hold On Tight”

Cincinnati based punks 500 Miles to Memphis have released a video in collaboration with horror specialists Rue Morgue for their song “Hold On Tight”. The video is absolutely phenomenal, zombies, live shots and blood, lots and lots of blood. 500 gallons ironically enough.

Give the new video a watch below.

“Hold On Tight” comes from 500 Miles to Memphis’ upcoming album Blessed Be The Damned. Due out August 9th through Paper + Plastick, if this is just a taste, the rest of the album promises to be a real banger. If you’re a fan of The Raygun Cowboys or Lucero you will enjoy these guys.



Wilmette (Post-hardcore) release video for “Winter Stay”

Chicago based post-hardcore punks Wilmette have released a video for their song “Winter Stay”. The song comes from their new album Anxious Body which came out July 19th. The video features some sketchy looking fellows out on safari, they eventually find their target, but as is usually the case when man and nature meet, it doesn’t go as planned.

Check out the new video below.

As mentioned above Wilmette recently released Anxious Body earlier this summer through Mutant League Records. If you’re a fan of Neckdeep or Matchbook Romance you’ll enjoy these guys.



We Did This Records streaming “Mixtape 2019” compilation album

South African underground punk label We Did This Records is streaming their new compilation album “Mixtape 2019”. Featuring 54 tracks, the album features mostly underground local artists, but does feature a few tracks from international acts that rolled through over the past year or two. Most notably the album boasts the track “Don’t Shoot” by Leftöver Crack.

You can check out the new compilation album below.

We Did This Records is a non-profit record label based out of South Africa.